Earlier today at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota Racing helped us unveil the Scion FR-S as the official car of the 2013 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race. The Scion tCs that were used in the race since 2005 are taking a well-earned retirement and we’re sad to see them go, but we’re certain that the FR-S is going to do a fantastic job filling in for the tC.
Of course, we’ve made a few modifications to the Scion FR-S to prepare it for any of the bumps and bruises it might acquire over the course of the race. The interior was outfitted with a full roll cage to help protect the drivers, and they’ll be strapped into their seats with a five point harness. Each of the TPCR Scion FR-S’ will also have a fire extinguisher, kill switch, and window net installed to round out the added safety features.
Although the motor in the TPCR FR-S is largely stock, we did manage to save some space for a few performance parts from TRD. Under the hood of the car, you’ll find a new TRD air intake box, while a TRD exhaust system custom made for the Scion FR-S peeks out from the rear. The stock suspension in the FR-S was also swapped out for a custom set of TRD adjustable coilovers.
The 17” wheels you’ll find on a standard FR-S have also been removed, and in its place, we’ve put in an 18 x 7.5 in. set, also from TRD, which are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE11 tires. And finally, the cars are outfitted with a Scion accessory spoiler for a bit of downforce, but mostly to give it a more aggressive appearance. Most of the TRD parts on this Scion FR-S will be available to purchase from your local Toyota/Scion dealership.
Scion Racing’s own Ken Gushi stopped by the garage to help us give a quick walkaround of all the modifications we’ve made to the car. Watch the video to hear his thoughts on the build, and check out the infographic on the TPCR Scion FR-S below for a more detailed look at car. If you want to see more photos of the completed FR-S, be sure to head over to our Facebook page to see the album at the following link!